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'Two-Buck Chuck' no longer costs $2 at Trader Joe's

LOS ANGELES (KNBC) -- For the first time since its release more than a decade ago, Trader Joe's award-winning Charles Shaw wine -- affectionately known as "two-buck Chuck" -- will cost more than $2 at California stores.

Californians will now have to spend to $2.49 for a 750ml bottle. 

California was the last remaining holdout to sell the wine for $1.99. The vino's price tag ranges from state to state, with Ohioans paying the most at $3.79. In Georgia's Trader Joe's stores, "two-buck Chuck" runs shoppers $2.79.

There are six Trader Joe's stores in Metro Atlanta.

More than five million bottles of the wine are sold each year.

Developer loses land for proposed casino

ATLANTA -- A developer's attempt to build a gambling complex in Norcross has suffered a setback.

Dan O'Leary no longer controls the Norcross property where he proposed building Georgia's first casino.

An O'Leary spokesperson said the developer had extended his contract for the property seven times, but recently decided not to extend it again. He isn't giving up on his hopes for a casino though.

"As long as the HOPE scholarship is around, we're not going to go away," O'Leary said in a statement. "We'll always be shovel ready and ready to go."

Georgia approved lottery games two decades ago to fund HOPE, but subsequent attempts to expand gambling in the state have failed.

Leff’s Atlanta Media launches 'News from the PR Dept.'

Leff’s Atlanta Media launches 'News from the PR Dept.'

Seven Years and Thousands of Updates Later, Leff’s Atlanta Media (www.LeffsAtlantaMedia.com) Continues to Track and Report on Atlanta’s Diverse Media Community

It’s been seven years since Atlanta public relations executive Mitch Leff launched Atlanta’s most comprehensive database of local media, Leff’s Atlanta Media (www.leffsatlantamedia.com), and the site continues to grow.  This month, the site will add a new section, “News from the PR Dept.,” tracking news items of interest to media and public relations professionals.

The new feature will appear on the Leff’s Atlanta Media blog and in the site’s monthly “Mitch’s Media Musings” newsletter and will include:

LittlePINKBook.com holds 8th Annual Fall Empowerment event

LittlePINKBook.com holds 8th Annual Fall Empowerment event

LittlePINKBook.com, the digital platform for career women, hosted its 8th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on November 13. More than 300 professional women attended the luncheon event, at the Atlanta History Center, along with more than 550 unique viewers joining via live stream. Some viewers planned gatherings of 50 or more women and leveraged the event to enhance their own business and networking meetings in cities across the globe.

The executives on the panel candidly answered questions related to their career paths to the C-Suite. Glenda Umaña, anchor at CNN en Español, was the event’s moderator. Read LittlePINKBook.com’s “Top 10 Takeaways” for favorite thoughts shared by the three panelists:

·        Teri List-Stoll, SVP and Treasurer, Procter & Gamble

Company could pay millions for junk faxes

ATLANTA -- The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled against a company accused of partnering with a Texas firm to send more than 300,000 junk faxes to metro Atlanta homes and businesses, meaning it could be liable for a $459 million penalty.

In an opinion released Monday, the court reversed a lower court decision, ruling against home maintenance firm American Home Services Inc.

Norcross-based A Fast Sign Co., which received some of the faxes, sued the company in 2003 in a class-action lawsuit.

A trial court entered a judgment against American Home Services for $459 million but an appeals court threw it out. In Monday's ruling, the supreme court sent the case back to the appeals court, saying the company could still remain liable for $459 million, depending on how issues in the case are resolved.

United Capital expands into Atlanta market

United Capital expands into Atlanta market

Sanders Financial Management joins National RIA as Part of Southeast Expansion Plans

Today,  United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC (“United Capital”), one of the nation’s fastest growing providers of private wealth counseling, announces that Atlanta-based Sanders Financial Management has joined the registered investment advisory company. This is the first firm from Georgia to join United Capital and representative of the firm’s initiative to further expand its footprint in the Southeast.

Small Business Administration offers drought aid

Small Business Administration offers drought aid

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Monday that it will accept applications for loan assistance for Georgia enterprises in 12 counties affected by the drought.

The aid program targets farm-related and other entities not covered by aid from the Department of Agriculture.

The eligible counties are Banks, Barrow, Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin and White.

The loans are intended to cover fixed costs such as payroll and scheduled debt payments. They are capped at $2 million with terms up to 30 years. Interest rates are 3 percent for non-profits and 4 percent for small businesses. The SBA determines the amounts and specific terms.

More information for potential applicants is available by calling 800-659-2955 or going online to sba.gov.

The application deadline is Apr. 22, 2013.